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Blue bumps on skin?

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    So, I've got this little stinker who has been with us for a few years now. She's had a couple of bumps/lumps that we've had removed over the years, all of which have turned out to be totally safe/benign. She never showed any signs of being sick or anything like that, so removing them and having them tested was more of a precaution on our end.

    So, she's a happy and healthy little nugget but these little blue bumps seem to arise every now and then. Has anyone else experienced this and, if so, do you know what they could be related to? I don't think it's anything food-related, as the cat food we use has changed over the years with these little bumps appearing throughout that time.

    They never seem to bother her; you can touch them and she isn't bothered at all and they don't seem to be causing any pain and discomfort. I also wonder how many weird little lumps our hairy cats may have that we never see because of their fur.

    Not sure if it's unrelated, but she does seem to have become a little grayer/blue-ish in certain areas than her usual pink skin tone. I asked the vet about that once as well and she didn't have a ton of insight, though she freely admitted that she isn't an expert on the Sphynx specifically and has only treated a couple of them previously.

    Wondering if anyone else has experienced these things at all?
     

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      From a distance it looks like a blackhead, but then when you zoom in it doesn't. Have never seem anything like that on ours. Do they disappear eventually? Are they always in the same spot?
       
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      Looks like a blackhead that's infected or a boil. But that's probably not it cause the vet would hava told you that. Hope others with better ideas will chime in.
       
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      When you have them removed no issue with biopsy I am assuming? I have seen people with blue skin tags as well. If your cat is on the gray/blue side it is a dilute of black I believe. So perhaps it takes on the tinge? Also is it possible to be an infected hair follicle/cyst?
       
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      I agree with @Catzzzmeow. I found this. Note how it says do not squeeze or pop these type. :)

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        We've always had them removed, so I'm not sure if they disappear on their own. She's had a couple elsewhere - one closer to her jaw, and perhaps one on her back... she's had a few lumps and bumps that you could just see under her skin but didn't have a pigment.

        Never been any issue with anything we've had removed; I think, since we got her, we've had three different lumps removed. She had one on her chest (not blue/black in color, just a noticeable lump under her skin) when we first got her which was the first we had removed. She wound up with another one on her jaw and one on her back which we also had removed and all turned out to be totally benign and didn't indicate any other issues.

        She's always been buff/pink, but she seems to have become more gray recently and I'm not sure if it has to do with these blue/gray bumps spreading pigment, or if it's related to something else. We did just move a year ago, which is when she began to have the pigment shift. We're more sure if, perhaps, the pigment change could be related to something in the different environment like the water or something similar. We're moving again in a few months, so perhaps this will change again? We're not sure.

        This screenshot, and the suggestion from @Catzzzmeow above reminds me - the first cyst we had removed WAS called a follicular cyst by the vet (I remember thinking, "Of course I wind up with a hairless cat who has a follicular cyst ;P"). I've been having such a hard time finding any information on "blue bumps on sphynx cat" but knowing to search for "follicular cyst" again will hopefully lead to some more information.

        Thank you all for the responses - and feel free to continue to respond here if anything new comes to mind or if anyone else has questions/thoughts!
         
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          @itsinmyhead , Checking in for updates ?
          Continuing positve vibes
           
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          At this point, things are the same. After being reminded of and reading up on follicular cysts, I'm pretty sure that's what she's got going on based on her history with them. The cyst is definitely skin-related and not attached to anything on the inside. Most of what I've read has noted that removal isn't necessary unless the cyst is creating discomfort which they are definitely not; her attitude, appetite, mood, personality, etc. haven't changed a bit since the cyst showed up.

          That being said, if there are "home remedies" for these little boogers I wouldn't mind entertaining those. I don't think I necessarily want to go the route of lancing the cyst myself, but if there are particular foods, ointments, treatments, etc. that would help clear things up I'd be all for it. I just really don't want to make her go under the knife/laser for something that isn't affecting her other than having a blue dot and her pigment changing.
           
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            @itsinmyhead , thank you for keeping us updated
            You can ask your the vet about tresaderm skin ointment (works great for skin stuff)
            And ask if witch hazel wetted in a cotton flat round would be okay

            What food is she fed?
            Ironically all 4 of my sphynx do great on grain inclusive food Nutrisource cat and kitten in blue bag ( no recalls )
            Amd their skin and ears are cleaner than when fed Acana
             
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            We feed them (we have 4 cats - just one Sphynx) Wellness CORE Indoor dry food. We actually tried changing foods recently, back to what we previously fed them, thinking that perhaps the food could be a reason for the pigment change because it's the main thing that has changed in the past year. They were. not. having. it. They really hated the attempt to go back to the old food and, while we did work our way through the bag, it seemed like a pretty big bummer for them. When we began to introduce the Wellness food back in they went bonkers for the food and started eating like normal again.
             
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              I just posted my cat has those blue bumps too. But one is close to the nipple, being in the location it is in my vet is a little concerned. She wants to remove it when she comes in for a dental cleaning. I’m trying right now to put a warm compress on it to see if it will change. She has one on her neck, a bump on her paw that’s been drained. And some other discolorations around her other nipples but no bumps. I’m concerned a little too just due to the location. I’ve uploaded a picture. Any help is appreciated!
               

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                Hello,
                Thank you for asking! Last Friday Mia went in for a dental, mast removal for a bump close to the nipple and aspirate/punch biopsy for a bump on the tail. Dental went well, she is very sensitive under anesthesia, last time her body temp got a little too low, same happeded again. She also kept waking up! Anyways, she came out of surgery fine! During the aspirate of the tail bump whatever it was dissolved, it was something cystic. There was nothing left to biopsy but the aspirate fluid was sent in. The mast has a pretty good incision, watching it so it doesn’t get infected, it opened slightly but I’ve been keeping it clean and I’ve been keeping ger from licking...almost impossible! Today all the results came in, the bump on the tail was inconclusive, vet is not concerned further. We will see if it comes back and how to address it. The blue bump close to the nipple was not cancerous. All is well! Im definitely going to start brushing her teeth more do she doesn’t need to get a dental every year. I did have a dream she had a heart attack on the table. But all is good! It’s risky putting her under so hopefully no more bumps are worrisome and like I said I’m planning to be more proactive with her dental health! Thanks for checking in!!
                 
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                    Happy to see the great update.
                     
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                    @Jenniferd , thank you for the great update on Mia
                    We love to see those and need to see more of those
                    So often life gets hectic and we don't see updates

                    Thanks for the adorable pics too! oMg did you make that adorable cone?

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                    Amd very good advice you share on being proactive with dental care tooth brushing at home

                    What brand toothpaste do you use? It's helpful for other members too to know :)
                     
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                      I'll chime in here! I use CET cat toothpaste and enzymatic toothpaste for my boy. The toothpaste came with a little pouch of poultry flavored toothpaste which he goes crazy for, but smells awful. So I purchased a big tube of the vanilla & mint and I've been mixing them so his breath can be somewhat fresh? :ROFLMAO: Here's a pic of the toothbrush kit I use :
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                        I use the cet toothpaste too. I bought the cone online, it way better than the plastic ones
                         
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